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Dear self...

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Please remember what it feels like after a great workout. Especially when it's the early evening and it's not eating time and you feel lazy. Didn't it feel great this morning after lifting those weights? Wasn't it pretty awesome being in the same area as all the men? What about when you saw a man doing the same super tough exercise you did?

Self, remember what it felt like yesterday when you put on that orange skirt and it wasn't quite comfortable. Those M&Ms, cookies and ice cream you've been eating haven't been helping any clothes to fit better. Self, aren't those cherries delicious? And what about that melon-infused water in the fridge? Isn't that good?

Self, you're not the only one with stress in your life. In fact, self, a workout may be just what you need to get RID of some of the stress, or at least what you need to make the stress more manageable.

Self, you have been wonderful. You are strong, capable, and I can count on you. Self, let's push toward our goals and make some of the fluff go away.

Thank you.

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COFFEENGRACE 6/11/2011 8:59PM

    Great blog!

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PILLOWFOOL 6/10/2011 5:51AM

    I love this. Sometimes we just need a little SELF conversation. I have them ever so frequently. Also, (and totally unrelated) I wish you could go to body pump with me. I always think about you when I'm doing dead lifts now - and thinking to myself "Carrie would try harder!" lol, it helps me motivate :)

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KIMBIES1124 6/8/2011 9:41PM

    Great info! I was just thinking to myself today how I love the way my clothes are fitting these days. Yet all it takes is a few days of not eating right or not exercising and they will be tight again! So thanks for the reminders.

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    May I print this and carry it wherever I go??!! Thank you emoticon

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BOBBYD31 6/8/2011 8:27PM

    lol so true!

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    Great blog,Carrie!!! I so love your writings...I need to write the same thing to myself...somehow my 'eat right mojo' has taken off on me and I can't keep it in my sights. emoticon

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JUDIL62 6/8/2011 2:17PM


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    I need to be having the same talk with myself! I feel horrible knowing that today I've had more water than I've had in WEEKS...and I've only had 8 glasses...that's AWFUL! It's 90 degrees outside and I've been sipping on sugary limeade and pop...ugh. Your letter to yourself motivated me to bet back in the swing of things! THANK YOU!

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CAMROLA 6/8/2011 12:30PM



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MARLIMOO 6/8/2011 8:25AM

    GO GO GO GO girl. You have the fevah. I know you do sister. You were on a break- but it is OVAH! Lets WORK IT! emoticon

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WVFAITH 6/8/2011 8:19AM

    I love this!! Great example to us all.

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Routine, schmoutine.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I'm not writing this as good or bad, just as it is.

It's the end of the school year, and I am feeling BLAH. BLAH like I don't want to cook, blah like I don't want to work out, and BLAH like I don't want to get into any sort of routine.

I am not excited about my farm veggies, I can't seem to get excited about anything.

My sleeping is all over the place - I'm exhausted when I come home, so I crash for a while, and then I don't go to bed until late. I get up early, not having 8 hours of sleep, and the cycle begins again.

I kind of feel like just sucking it up for another week - school is out soon, and then I can finally focus on myself. My mind is preoccupied with getting the house ready to sell (our paperwork should be in Nova Scotia by Thursday! Keep your fingers crossed that they let us in to Canada!). It's hard for me because I can't do anything about the house right now while I'm working - I can't get stuff ready, I can't make important phone calls (well, it's hard during the day), and it always feels like I'm waiting for SOMEthing to happen before I can go on to the next step.

So do I just suck it up and count down the days until school is over? It *would* give me a date to look forward to... sigh.

Off to pick up honey from work.

water water water

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AARONSGIRL420 6/7/2011 10:22PM

    If you don't want to work out, just take a walk. I walk as often as I can and it does great things for the clutter in my brain. The exercise benefits are an awesome bonus :)

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MANDUCIA 6/7/2011 10:07PM

    I find that when I eat something high in refined sugar it makes me crash like nobody's business, so watch out for that! But everyone has their ups and their downs, just know your spark friends are here to support you! You will ride this one out and find a healthy routine again soon! emoticon

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    go for the exercise,Carrie. At least do that b/c it will help you deal with day to might also help you make good (better) food choices. One day at a time...why are you moving to Canada? did I miss anything?

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    I'd work on the diet OR exercise, either way it should help you sleep and then you will have a head start on your summer! You can do it!

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/7/2011 8:57PM

    Hang in there emoticon

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Monday, June 06, 2011

I love almost all weekends. But this past weekend seemed more like a weekend than any other recent ones. Yay! It's been busy around here...

- Our couch broke. Like actually BROKE. We have (had) a wooden frame futon, and I think it was Thursday? Friday? when Brad sat back on it funny and the end just busted. Busted beyond repair. So yesterday we went out and bought ourselves a new couch. It comes on Wednesday. Yahoo!

- We have all our paperwork to send to Canada!!!!! Saturday afternoon I picked up the last of it, and today Brad is going to send it to Nova Scotia. It's been a long time coming, but it's finally happening! So exited!!! (It's getting send out UPS because of the postal strike.)

- I planted a bunch of flowers yesterday. They sure make the front porch look more inviting! I also trimmed some bushes that were getting ready to eat the front porch.

- Last night was Mexican night. Brad grilled some skirt steak and we had some delicious tortillas. Fresh farm strawberries with ice cream for dessert.

- water water water. I did not have enough yesterday, and I'm feeling sluggish this morning.
- Stick to eating what I have at lunch - no random snacks.
- Have some soup or stir-fry for dinner - haven't decided yet.

Have a super day!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 6/7/2011 12:46PM

    Mmm-hmm...sure, Brad sat on it funny. emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 6/6/2011 2:43PM

    looks like you are sticking to your plan

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GOEGIRL 6/6/2011 8:12AM

    Wow, sounds like an exciting weekend indeed!!!

and YAY!!!! Canada!!!!!! We'd be so lucky to have you.

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KIMBIES1124 6/6/2011 8:07AM

    I was so happy to see the sun this weekend. We had my son's graduation party on Saturday, so it was extra nice to be able to have it outdoors! Now it looks like a couple of days of 90 degree weather with sun and back to cold and rainy...

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PINKCOCONUT 6/6/2011 7:53AM

    YAY!!!!! Canada!!!!!!!!!!!

Our wooden futon did the exact same thing so now we finally have a grown-up couch! :)

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Food is not a reward...

Thursday, June 02, 2011

but I do use it to bargain with myself.

Maybe it's from being around 5-8 year old kids all day... I don't know. But here's what tonight's trip to the grocery store sounded like inside my head.

*Walking into the store "man, I'm really hungry. Just a little bag of chips."
*Walking toward the fruit "if I get some good fruit for a salad, I don't need the chips."
*Walking past the chips "A few chips won't hurt."
*Walking away from the chips "But I really want ice cream. So no chips."

I ended up getting a box of Blue Bunny Chocolate Lovers Champ Cones. And I'm thrilled. And I'm going to have one with no guilt tonight because I stopped eating my dinner when I was full - I thought "this pork chop is going to taste even better tomorrow." And I packed it up for lunch.

The Champ Cone is still bargaining with me - write a blog and then I can have a Champ. Clean up the kitchen and I can have the Champ (the same one, I just like to delay the deliciousness). And I will probably do one more thing before I eat the Champ.

Tonight was a big step for me. I have been eating so horrible lately... tonight I was determined to break that cycle. And I know that an ice cream cone isn't health food, but I'm working really hard to make sure I'm not cutting things out, but instead focusing on foods I really want. Like I really want some ice cream. If I would say "no ice cream!" then I know that some day really soon I will devour an entire tub or two of Ben and Jerry's Cinnamon Buns. I didn't really want chips tonight - my dinner was much better.

Salad with black beans and blackberries, quick vinaigrette
Grilled pork chop (YUM), asparagus (from the farm!) and baby potatoes. Mango chutney on the side. I found a great all-natural chutney in the Indian aisle at the grocery store - nothing funny in it and the first ingredient is mango! Not sugar! Wahoo! I was kinda proud of myself for holding out for the grill. It was totally worth it.

I need to find some motivational stuff to read tonight... maybe while I eat my Champ.

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    All those conversations in your head can also make for a *really* long grocery trip - it takes me twice as long as my bf to shop, just because I'm having so many of those conversations!

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MARIAGRACE111 6/3/2011 11:42AM

    I do the same thing! I think ultimately, we're all just big kids. And sometimes you have to bargain with that kid inside of you to just behave!

Your dinner sounds delicious. I'm definitely going to try your salad with black beans and blackberries. Yum!

Great job breaking your bad eating cycle! Every little bit helps.

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JUDYFRANCE 6/3/2011 1:49AM

    You can always find the good stuff when you make the effort. Nothing really worthwhile comes super easy, you know. When I pass the chips at the store, a little voice from Monte Python's "Holy Grail" movie comes into my head. Remember when they were being attacked by a deadly rabbit? They kept yelling out in their silly English accents: "run away!, run away!". Well, that's the voice that keeps me from buying the chips.

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/2/2011 9:54PM

    I totally agree with all your reasons why you're eating that ice cream cone - I found THIS to be "some motivational stuff" to read tonight!!

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FITKITTYMAMA 6/2/2011 9:43PM

    Sounds like you made some great choices!! And dinner sounds like it was really yummy!!

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5KPRINCESS 6/2/2011 8:40PM

    Wow! Your dinner sounds amazing!!! I would love to try the salad with black beans and sounds very refreshing for the summer! Congrats on battling your "inner voice"; that is not an easy thing to do. Stay strong and keep us informed on your progress. Good luck :)

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Happy Rocky Road Day!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Today's alarm message read "Burn off the Memorial Day flab!"

I'm a little behind on starting my June goal of reading motivational things throughout the day, but I figured a wake-up message was a good way to get going again.

Today's workout was awesome. I am going to be so buff at the end of the summer. Ha! There was something exciting at the gym today - I saw a man doing almost the same exercise I do - a push press with the 45-lb. barbell + plates. But there is something *I* do that he wasn't doing - I add a front squat before I do the press. So I guess I am doing *extra*-manly workouts! Yahoo!

Today's focus - eating cleanly and mindfully. Read motivational passages and quotes throughout the day so I remember why I am not gorging on M&Ms.

Oh - this morning I walked out to go to the gym, and the stupid raccoons got into the trash. The trash that had all kinds of nasty food in it that we had to throw away when the power was out for two days. So I shoveled up some really disgusting trash at 5:45 am. I considered that my warm-up.

- water water water!
- freggies freggies freggies!
- clean up my closet room and do a load of laundry
- Plan my dinner while I'm at school so I don't spend the night eating random stuff.

Have a great day!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 6/5/2011 10:00PM

    I'm not a huge fan of raccoons - they ate all my sweet corn last year. Little Fu*&ers.

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CAMROLA 6/2/2011 12:48PM

    When I read Rocky Road I thought of ice cream. Uh.... Great goals--you can do it!


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SEPPIESUSAN 6/2/2011 11:44AM


Good job staying focused on your goals and not eating any M&Ms! Today I looked at the muffins in the teachers' room and made a conscious decision to say NO!

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WENZTHAT 6/2/2011 11:34AM

    it's a struggle whenever i get home from class at 9:30-10 at night. i have to fight myself to not binge! i eat before class but by the time class is done and i've driven home, i'm usually hungry. i should probably start planning a snack or just chug water.

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PINKCOCONUT 6/2/2011 10:25AM

    Oh yeah, woman! You're so hardcore! Love it! Makes ya feel good when you know you're stronger than a dude, eh?

Thankfully our neighbourhood racoons tend to go for our neighbours garbage and not ours. Seems they don't care for a vegetarian garbage bin! Ha! I have, however, done my fair share of cleaning up their leftovers as my neighbour is elderly and I feel bad!

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KALIGIRL 6/2/2011 8:44AM

    Here's to "Burn off the Memorial Day flab!"
emoticon goals!

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